2003 Brut Napa Valley 1 x 750 ml)

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Made in a Blanc de Blancs style, focused on the Chardonnay grape, the 2004 Brut Napa Valley showcases our very best vineyards from the small bay influenced Carneros AVA in southern Napa County. Lying 5-10 miles inland from the cool San Francisco Bay, Carneros welcomes cool temperatures and a slow cloud burn-off throughout the growing season. These climatic conditions allow for excellent flavor development and acid retention in the sparkling wine grapes that we grow there. The characteristic fresh fruit aromas and flavors, including green apple, citrus and tropical fruit abound from the Carneros Chardonnays that make up the core of this brut offering.

While we harvested our first fruit from Carneros back in 1985, this 2004 offering is only the fifth time we have released a Schramsberg sparkling wine solely from the fruit grown in this viticultural appellation.

Following in the track of the previous 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2003 Brut Napa releases, this bright, crisp sparkler will age beautifully, evolving for 20+ years to come with attractive caramelized, nutty and toasted flavor attributes.

With approximately four years of aging on the yeast, this vibrant and complex wine combines a rich texture with a delightfully crisp entry to the palate. Made in limited quantities and highlighting our best vintages from this exceptional growing region, it is a rare treat for us to release this sparkling wine.

Tasting notes

The 2003 Brut Napa Valley expresses a broad Chardonnay range, with Meyer lemon custard, honeydew melon, and glazed pineapple aromas. Bottle-aged complexity chimes in with hints of roasted almonds and crème brulee. On the palate, generous flavors of grapefruit and baked apple crisp lead way to a creamy, fruit-bursting middle. Notes of brown sugar and sweet spice fade into a zesty and lingering finish.- Winemakers Hugh Davies and Keith Hock